Spectacular community-built playground at Prince Charles PS (Trenton)
On Saturday, June 18, 2011, a community-wide event took place to build a playground at Prince Charles Public School in Trenton. Mothers, fathers, children, school staff, neighbours and professionals worked side-by-side to build the playground.
"It was a magical experience," said Principal Anne Whitfield. "Paintbrushes, hammers and shovels were not the only things wielded in the building of this community playground. The skills, the energy and the support of an entire community were the most important tools utilized."
Thank you to the school council, which had the will, the way and the vision to make this play ground a reality. The incredibly generous donors, who saw a need and went above and beyond to create a safe and accessible place for children to play, are also recognized for their support. School community families, friends, staff and students were a major part of this entire journey, expending energy at bake sales, in school plays, at auctions, in organizing committees and sweating it out on building day.
"It was so wonderful to see students play on the equipment with a sense of pride and ownership, knowing they painted this, their dad hammered that, or their grandmother fundraised for this," added Whitfield.
Prince Charles Public School, located on the west side of Trenton adjacent to a municipal park and within walking distance of downtown, serves approximately 380 students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. The school is a healthy active school community. It is an air conditioned facility with a gymnasium, library and new computer lab. The outside space includes a new playground, grassy yards with sports fields and recess boxes of play equipment for each class. The school community prides itself on being a safe, healthy, active school in which to learn. Prince Charles Public School is committed to providing a learning environment in which all students reach their academic potential with a focus on improving reading, writing and mathematic skills. Music programs are offered for all grades, including instrumental music in Grade 8. Student leadership committees work with staff to provide intramural programs, peer tutoring & study skills, spirit and charity events, clubs and a full range of sports programs.
For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]